Skip to comments.Reagan Insider Refutes Obama Claim of 'Warm Conversation' After Press Conf. Insult
Posted on 11/09/2008 9:17:49 AM PST by kristinn
Veteran reporter and talk radio host Andrea Shea King reported this weekend at her blog, The Radio Patriot that a close friend of the Reagan family has contradicted the claim by the Obama administration-in-waiting that President-elect Obama had a "warm conversation" with former First Lady Nancy Reagan when he called her to apologize for insulting her at a press conference Friday afternoon.
Responding to a question by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times about whether he had consulted with "any living ex-presidents", Obama replied:
"In terms of speaking to former presidents, I've spoken to all of them that are living. Obviously, President Clinton I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any seances.
"I have reread some of Lincoln's writings, who's always an extraordinary inspiration.
"And, by the way, President Carter, President Bush, Sr., as well as the current president have all been very gracious and offered to provide any help that they can in this transition process."
Obama spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter issued a statement several hours after the press conference about Obama's call to Mrs. Reagan:
"President-elect Barack Obama called Nancy Reagan today to apologize for the careless and off-handed remark he made during todays press conference. The president-elect expressed his admiration and affection for Mrs. Reagan that so many Americans share and they had a warm conversation."
Yesterday, a Reagan insider gave a differing account of the phone call:
"Nancy is at home, comfortable, giving her pelvic bone a chance to heal from what was in fact a minor break. I know that he called Nancy to apologize and she was not warm to him."
The Reagan insider also expressed their own opinion on Obama's remarks:
"I was not thrilled by President-Elect Obama's gaffe in his press conference when he said that he had consulted all the living presidents but couldn't talk to Ronald Reagan because he wasn't going to do a Nancy Reagan thing and have a seance. His wide grin after saying that, like "Am I clever, or what?" was, in my opinion, a very poor example of what he'll be like when he is on his own, without a script and a teleprompter, speaking with the tough leaders of Russia, Iran and North Korea."
King said in her report the Reagan insider wishes to remain anonymous.
Obama's remark was not only insulting, it was factually inaccurate, as ABC News' Jake Tapper reported Friday:
Incidentally, Nancy Reagan never held a séance at the White House, though she was reported to have consulted with an astrologer when planning her husband's schedules. It was Mary Todd Lincoln who regularly held séances.
When she was first lady, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., worked with spiritual adviser Jean Houston to access an "Eleanor Roosevelt-like consciousness" from within her own psyche. Clinton wrote in a column that Roosevelt "usually responds by telling me to buck up, or at least to grow skin as thick as a rhinoceros."
Based in central Florida, Andrea Shea King hosts a talk show on BlogTalk Radio weeknights at 9 Eastern. She previously hosted shows at WDBO-AM, WMMB-AM, and WMEL-AM, was an anchor and reporter at at WESH-TV and a columnist for Florida Today newspaper.
Obama has some ‘issues’. He seems like a very angry, resentful and arrogant person. God help us! And I mean that!!!
The word *Uppity* comes to mind.
You have hit the nail on the head.
He sure does. And he seems like he tries to get even with his perceived enemies just like Hillary.
At the Al Smith dinner he DID say his name was “Steve”
If you think about it, if Nancy was not warm to him, then Obama is being gracious by saying that she was.
Just my take...
So we now know that Obama lied about Nancy Reagan twice in one week.
Michael did not. It was Ron, Nancy’s boy.
I think it was Ronald Reagan Jr. who endorsed Obama.
Micheal Reagan would be more likely to have supported McCain.
Let's face it. Aside fom being a stone-cold totalitarian, the guy is an asshole.
Two words: "Rahm Emmanuel", says it all. Actions speak louder than words and Rahm SCREAMS 'go f yourself, Republicans'!
You’re mistaken. It was liberal RON who endorsed Obama- not Michael.
So he should have just left it at the words, "I have apologized."
You know, that is a great observation. I can possibly see beforehand that he was "trying" to look Presidential by creating a seal. But afterwards? It's weird.
I certainly had doubts, and waited for confirmation from the Reagan side that this call ever happened.
Anybody want fries with that double standard?
I doubt very much Michael Reagon endorsed Obama. I think you meant Ron Jr—the ballet dancer.
Michael Reagan supported John McCain every night, with every breath he had.
As if Ron Reagan cares. If you remember he trashed his father's funeral by being an *ss and bringing his politics to it with his 'speech'.
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